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Nov 06, 2008

Real Economy Report

© Reuse this From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Our top stories this week: we look at the state of the South African shipping industry, a rail link is planned between Mpumalanga and Tshwane and, a standard for energy efficiency in buildings is published.

Shannon O'Donnell:
The local shipping industry has been brought under the spotlight. Keith Campbell has the story.

Keith Campbell:
The current state and possible future of the South African shipping industry was the subject of a recent workshop hosted by the Industrial Development Corporation. One of the delgates, South African Association of Ship Operators and Agents chairperson Andrew Thomas, explains the challenges facing the local industry.

South African Association of Ship Operators and Agents chairperson Andrew Thomas

Keith Campbell:
The South African shipping industry is larger than many realise. Andrew Thomas gives an overview.

Andrew Thomas

Shannon O'Donnell:
Join us after the break where we discuss a new rail link between Mpumalanga and Tshwane.

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Shannon O'Donnell:
Commuters between Mpumalanga and Tshwane may soon make use of a new high-speed rail link, similar to the Gautrain. Irma Venter has the story.

Irma Venter:
By 2011 commuters will be able to get out of their cars and into the Gautrain, a specialised high-speed rail link between Johannesburg and Tshwane, currently under construction. However, this train, the first of its kind in South Africa, has now also inspired a new project - the Moloto rail corridor. Gauteng MEC for Public Transport, Roads and Works Ignatius Jacobs explains why government has decided the Mpumalanga - Tshwane corridor also needs a high-speed rail link.

Gauteng MEC for Public Transport, Roads and Works Ignatius Jacobs

Irma Venter:
Jacobs says government is using Gautrain expertise to develop the Moloto rail corridor, and that an announcement on the project will be made soon.

Shannon O'Donnell:
After years of research and development, the energy efficiency standard for buildings has been published, and paves the way for regulation of energy efficiency in this sector.

Christy van der Merwe:
The standard for energy efficiency in new buildings, SANS 204, has been published by the South African Bureau of Standards. It deals with all buildings, from housing, and schools, to clinics, office blocks and industrial buildings.
This means that building plans must consider energy efficiency, for the plan to be approved by the local authority.

SANS 204 working group, Chairperson, Lisa Reynolds:
At the moment SANS 204 has just been published, and it will be published as a voluntary standard. That is how it works. And once it is in existence, it can now be regulated, and we will liaise with the DME and the DTI to get it regulated and it will become part of the building code.

Christy van der Merwe:
The residential sector has lagged behind the mining and industrial sectors in energy conservation, but can make big changes.

Lisa Reynolds:
Every building that is built energy inefficiently is a tragedy, if we look at how development has been halted by the lack of energy capacity, and we have had this booming building industry, which has not, is not, not growing anymore, but it has gone down phenomenally in the small time, and a big portion of this has been the energy shortage. So if we could build every building energy efficiently that basket of energy that we have saved can go towards other buildings to built and for new progress and things like that, so the significance is huge

The standard is quite easy to read, its in two parts, the first part is the performance parameters, the second part is what we call the deemed to satisfy

Deemed to satisfy is almost the recipe that, if you follow that recipe, you will get an energy efficient building. Its very very clear what you have to do, there is no rocket science in it. But obviously for the people who want to design buildings differently, they will do what we call a rational design, and in your rational design, then you will have to demonstrate that your building uses the proper amount of energy required, and it doesn't exceed the maximum energy demand.

Christy van der Merwe:
And what kind of energy savings can be achieved through implementation of the standards?

Lisa Reynolds:
In our calculations, we have modelled a few types of buildings, and really the potential ranges from 10% to 60% saving in your house, depending on your base case scenario, so there is a lot of potential to do it.

Shannon O'Donnell:
And now for a sneak preview of this week's Engineering News magazine:

We report how trilateral trade among India, Brazil and South Africa is surging, but economic relations are still well below potential

Read how Eskom is targeting big energy users for mandatory savings

And, Isuzu says that the Rand's retreat is adding complexity to the truck market

And in Mining Weekly this week:

Read how a women-led black-owned manganese start-up delivers R223-million to its shareholders

We report that a gold price of 900 to 1 000 dollars an ounce is needed to arrest declining gold production

And, read how Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland is confident that the world will begin to see a higher gold price in 2009

Shannon O'Donnell:
That's Creamer Media's Real Economy Report. Join us again next week for more news and insight into South Africa's real economy.

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